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Looking Back: The History of Our Glacier-Carved Landscape

From the past to the present, Glacier has been synonymous with endless adventure and an abundance of beauty. Tucked away in the San Juan Mountains, Glacier offers a getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To understand how Glacier became what it is today requires taking a step back in time. Read on to learn about the community’s storied history and how it became the sought-after destination it is today.

Back to the Beginning

Spanning the Continental Divide, the San Juan mountains are known for their mesmerizing beauty and jagged volcanic summits, 13 of which tower to over 14,000 feet. This area is home to snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and lush rolling green hills. Minutes away from Glacier sits the town of Durango, a quaint, historic town that was founded in 1881. The town was established by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and operated as a hub for the San Juan mining district. 

The Formation of Glacier​​

 In the early 1970s, Glacier’s sprawling property was home to a series of hotels, a convention center, meeting facilities and a ski area. In 2001, everything changed when Rick Carlton purchased the property with dreams of creating a new vision. Carlton set out to create a private, luxury club in the undeniably beautiful Southwest Colorado. Since then, Glacier has blossomed into an impressive real estate development filled with modern, sleek homes and homesites for sale. An ode to the past, the club embraces the region’s western history.

A Look Into the Present 

Today, Glacier Club celebrates its 17th year as one of the most reputable residential locales in the Rockies. It is known for its one-of-a-kind community, picturesque beauty and plethora of activities and adventures for the whole family. No matter the season, there is always something exciting taking place here. 

Residents and visitors have access to two golf courses, two state-of-the-art clubhouses, three swimming pools, casual and fine dining options, tennis and pickleball courts. Start your morning off with 36 holes of golf and end your evening dining at the Mountain Clubhouse, Glacier’s premier member basecamp. The epitome of mountain living, Glacier Club is a haven for nature enthusiasts.